The Rick Herrema Foundation

COVID-19 UPDATE 22 MAY 2020: Rick’s Place’s greenspace and trail are open. We will re-open the playgrounds when our public leaders (military & civilian) suggest we re-open. And when we re-open the playgrounds and re-start our events, we are going to have a very fun Fun Day to celebrate! Be safe and well!

Mission: The Rick Herrema Foundation (RHF) strengthens relationships and builds community for The Military Family through fun, quality activities.

At present these activities include free time, play time, kids’ art and animal fun, camps, organized family activities and volunteer days. Once we complete construction and clear the debris, we look to bring out horses on a regular basis for family fun and stress relief.

Rick’s Place

Rick’s Place is a 50-acre greenspace 5.5 miles from Ft. Bragg. We are open dawn-to-dusk and free for The Military Family and those who serve the Military Family (definition below). Rick’s Place is the first of what we hope will be many retreat centers around the US by military bases where families experience deployment cycles and seek to reintegrate after deployments.

About Rick Herrema


Sergeant 1st Class Richard J. Herrema’s life was cut short during an April 2006 Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment, but his legacy has endured in the way he is remembered. Rick had a deep love for his fellow man, his family and his country. When Rick claimed you as a friend, he was your friend for life; and for the 27 years Rick lived he never stopped serving others.

“I can see myself living 80 years and not impacting as many people,” said a childhood friend. “He didn’t care what happened to him. He wanted to make you look good. He had an amazing way of making you feel like you were number one.”

“The most important things in Rick’s life were his faith and his family and it showed.”

Meet Our Team

Meet the board and our staff

Gold Star Families

The Herrema Family extends an invitation for all Gold Star Families to consider Rick’s Place a place of retreat for you when you are visiting Ft. Bragg. Enjoy our fun, quality activities; walk around and relax, or just pull up a chair on our porch at the Herrema House and look out into the fields. We look forward to your visit.

Please contact Executive Director Kevin Stewart at (910) 444-1743 or at [email protected] to arrange your visit.

The Plan Forward

When completed, Rick’s Place’ recreation center will offer  horseback riding, creek fishing, community gardens, a natural playscape, nature trails and many other exciting activities. To learn how you can help us build Rick’s Place, please contact us!